Published: Tuesday, 01 September 2009 16:00
Written by John Buscaglia
NARAM-51 was held in Johnstown, Pennsylvania the week of August 8-15.
Johnstown, about two hours east of Pittsburgh, is the home of the
famous (or imfamous) Johnstown Flood. Given the weather we've had all
summer, I was expecting another one.
I made the nine-hour drive to Johnstown on Friday. The host hotel had
filled up pretty early, so I had booked at a different hotel, but Bill
Spadafora was staying at the same hotel. When I arrived, Bill took me
over to the host hotel to register. My teammates had yet to arrive.
I compete in the team division as part of the Spanish Inquisition
Team. My teammates are Gary and Fran Miller from Green Bay,
Wisconsin. Life conspired against us and due to various events (and a
healthy dose of procrastination), we were unable to finish the Peanut
Sport Scale and Sci-Fi/Future Scale models that we were working on. We
did have some old models that had been flown and repaired, so we would
be able to enter the events, but would not be in contention for the top
spots. Even though we were in third place going into the contest, we
did not expect to hold on.